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  • Duck Hunting Royalty: Why the Mallard Reigns

    Anas platyrhynchos is the world’s most common and widespread wild duck ; even a frequent resident of parks, golf courses and city ponds. Yet when we sit by the fire and talk of fowling and hunts past, it becomes clear that we cherish and revere the mallard over all other...

  • Iowa Turkey Hunters Killed Fewer Birds Than Last Spring

    According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, hunters killed nearly 11,800 Iowa birds this spring, roughly 400 birds fewer than 2016. Iowa's five spring turkey seasons kicked off April 8 with the youth season. The regular spring turkey season ended on May 21. On the upside, Iowa hunters purchased...

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Loudmouthed to Shutmouthed Gobblers

Q.: The scenario here in Pennsylvania is this: from about 5:30 a.m. until approx. 6–6:15 a.m. we are hearing quite a bit of gobbling then nothing or very little after that. Can you give me some advice as to what I should be doing or not doing? Thanks for the...


Vermont Spring Turkey Opener

The Boston Celtics lost Game 6 of their current playoff series by a point. In triple overtime. Against the Chicago Bulls. I turned in. Couldn’t sleep. Why? Surely not just a little bitty hoops loss. The Vermont spring turkey opener began the next morning—this morning—May first, just two road hours...


Maine Spring Turkey

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s spring Wild Turkey hunting season opens Saturday (May 2) with a Youth Only Day to encourage young people to learn about the sport, and for adults it opens on Monday (May 4). Hunters must have a valid Spring Wild Turkey Permit and a valid Maine resident...


Badlands Birds

If you haven't hunted here you need to put it on your wish list. South Dakota’s spring gobbler opportunities can include classic Black Hills hunts to Badlands turkey time that seems like you’re trying to locate birds on the moon's surface. Currently open, the 2009 season runs from April 11...


Pennsylvania Turkey Season Underway

HARRISBURG – This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Keystone State’s spring gobbler hunting season, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting turkey hunters should expect to find exciting opportunities afield . . . The general spring gobbler season is April 25 to May 25.


Noah's Hunt

I’m supposed to be a "professional." My job is one that actually requires me to spend time in the woods hunting for whatever is in season – primarily whitetails and turkeys. You’d think I’d have this thing down to a science. Yeah, well, don’t ask my son about the science...


New Hampshire Spring Turkeys

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's turkey hunters can expect a productive spring gobbler season, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department turkey biologist Ted Walski. The spring season opens Sunday, May 3, and runs through May 31 statewide. The N.H.


Oklahoma Bow Bird

The picture says it all . . . John Dudley checked in with us here at the Realtree Turkey site to share this photo. Here's the man himself, his bow, his arrow, and his Oklahoma longbeard.


Talking Turkey with the Brush Country Monsters

As I boarded the Boeing MD-80 and nestled into the cramped seat I would be confined to for the three hour flight into McAllen, Texas, my mind began to wander. Though I have flown many times, I still get that uneasy feeling just before the aircraft lifts into thin air...


Do Turkeys Use the Same Roosts?

Q. I'm starting my turkey period this morning, and I went out and hooted and located a couple of roosting turkeys. Set up and came out of the roost and flew away. I started calling hoping to bring them in, but they never came back. What should I do? Will...


Indiana's Spring Turkey Hunting Turns 40

Indiana's 40th annual spring turkey hunting begins Wednesday statewide [April 22, 2009], and DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs is expecting results similar to recent years. "I expect hunters to take 12,000 turkeys, plus or minus a 1,000 in 2009," Backs said. The 2008 spring turkey harvest of 12,204 was...


Vermont Spring Turkey

WATERBURY, VERMONT- Vermont offers some of the best turkey hunting in New England according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Vermont hunters have established new spring turkey harvest records in eight of the last eleven years. In 2008, Hunters took a record 5,454 turkeys in both the youth weekend...


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